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Midsummer Festival of the Arts
July 16 – July 17
Live Music • Exhibitions • Demonstrations • Art Making • Food Trucks
Now in its fifty-second year, the Midsummer Festival of the Arts is a Sheboygan tradition for family outings and for finding special works of art.
One hundred artist booths will feature paintings, photographs, jewelry, wearables, wood carvings, ceramics, glass, leather goods, textiles, and more. There will also be live music and performances, hands-on art making, demonstrations, food, and fun…all found on the grounds of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and Sheboygan’s City Green.
Featured Artist: Toril Fisher
Toril Fisher, Wisdom, 2019; acrylic on canvas; 18 x 24 in.
Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Toril Fisher.
Free Art Making
Radial Designs for the Future (Festival Green Activities Tent)
Drawing inspiration from the artists in the Arts Center’s Ways of Being exhibition series, create a mixed-media radial design that expresses your hope for the future. This project is suitable for all ages. Adults should plan to work collaboratively with any artists in their group who are six years old or younger.
What If? Fiber Explorations (City Green Activities Tent)
What can you do to start making changes now and for the future? What if you did? Play with fibers to create an object that holds your own What If? token to inspire you and remind you to imagine new possibilities for yourself and your community. This project is suitable for all ages. Adults should plan to work collaboratively with any artists in their group who are six years old or younger.
Wheel Throwing (Social STUDIO inside the Arts Center)
Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
How does an artist make a vessel on a pottery wheel? Watch local artists create a vessel from a spinning mound of clay.
Free Concerts: City Green stage
These concerts are part of the Levitt AMP Sheboygan Music Series.
Food and nonalcoholic carry-ins welcome.
Vendors are subject to change.
No alcohol carry-ins allowed.
Beverage Tent Menu
3 Sheeps Beer: Pils, Chaos Pattern IPA, Rebel Kent Amber Ale
3 Sheeps Cloudless Hard Seltzer: Clearly Citrus, Mango & Lychee, Pineapple & Yuzu, Tropical, Wild Berry
Wine & Sangria: Cabernet, Chardonnay, Moscato, Cruz Real Sangria
Soda: Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Mist Twist
Beverage menu is subject to change.
Inside the Arts Center, contemporary art exhibitions explore the Ways of Being theme. The featured artists offer alternative possibilities for being in the world. Together they recontextualize our past, reorient our present, and project new, viable futures. Collectively, they ask, “What if?”
Thought-provoking exhibitions include: Lee Hunter: Cosmogenesis, Sarah Zapata: a resilience of things not seen, Alexander Stewart: Void Vision, Woody De Othello: Hope Omens, Creative! Growth!, and In the Adjacent Possible.
Creative! Growth! Connections!
Visit the Creative! Growth! exhibition inside the Arts Center. Then, head to the Matrix to learn about five regional organizations serving adults with developmental disabilities. Artwork by their participants will be on sale, and there will also be hands-on activities.